Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project

Wicked problems solutions: how to flip from flood repair to flood resilience in SEQ

The recent, region-wide flooding in all major south east Queensland catchments is considered unlikely to have been recorded previously, including 2011, 2013, and potentially 1974.

River heights exceeded major flood levels in all catchments.

Up to 49 million tonnes of sediment is estimated to have been mobilised in SEQ as a result of the recent events, resulting in 5-10 million tonnes of sediment entering Moreton Bay (2011 saw ~1 million tonnes impact Moreton Bay).

The panel to consider resilience challenges and opportunities comes from a variety of perspectives: ecosystem management, planning and design and policy making:

Confirmed Panellists: 

  • Julie McLellan, Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Land and Water
  • David Carter, Group Chief Executive Officer, RACQ
  • James Davidson, Founder and Principal of JDA Co Architects
  • Mayor Teresa Harding, Ipswich City Council

Moderator: Professor Vivienne Tippett OAM, QUT




The Committee For Brisbane acknowledges the First Nations People of the region and their continuing connection to and care of the land, waters and community of that region.
We also pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Photos by Tony Elsom